The Perse School

Bitcoin project earns Big Bang Fair prize for Perse pupil

19 Mar 2018

Vikram Singh (Year 11) was runner-up in the prestigious Big Bang Fair competition with his investigation into digital currency.

His project, titled ‘Bitcoin: Can Cryptocurrencies Replace Traditional Money?’, was joint-second with two other entries in the intermediate (Years 9 to 11) category for science in the national finals of the event, held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Along with the other finalists, Vikram was interviewed at his exhibition stand by the judges, who were impressed with his research which looked at the maths, computer science and environmental impact of Bitcoin.

Vikram’s project was an extension of the Higher Project Qualification he undertook into the subject during Year 10. He was invited to the Big Bang Fair finals after presenting his findings at the Young Scientists’ Journal Conference at Queens’ College last October.

Vikram, who recently won a Gold CREST Award from the British Science Association for his project, was pleased to have done so well in the Big Bang Fair competition.

He said: “I felt my project and topic were quite unusual and did not fit into any of the prize categories particularly well. I did not expect to win anything, so I was very surprised to be named as a runner-up for one of the core prizes.”

Listen to Vikram talk more about his research below.

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